Pseudonyms: Irene Durfee; P. H. Roblin (a anagram of his name).
Bilhorn was born on July 22, 1865 in Mendota, Illinois. His family name was originally Pulhorn; it was changed by a judge in Ottawa, Illinois, named Abraham Lincoln. Peter and his brother formed the Eureka Wagon and Carriage Works in Chicago, Illinois. Later, Peter became involved in Gospel music and wrote some 2,000 Gospel songs in his lifetime. He also invented a folding pump organ used at revivals in the late 19th Century, and founded the Bilhorn Folding Organ Company in Chicago, Illinois. His evangelistic work took him into all the states of the Union, Great Britain, a… Go to person page >
This hymn was suggested by an incident which occurred during a tent-meeting conducted by the author. One evening the front seat was occupied by a party of young ladies and gentlemen. One of the young men became anxious about his soul and was personally invited by the author to accept Christ. When about to rise, one of the young ladies gave him a significant touch with her foot. This caused him to settle back, laughingly shake his head and say, "not tonight." On their way home that night they derisively re-enacted the solemn scenes of the meeting. One played the preacher, one the singer and the others would rise up for prayer, weep, and then laughingly say, "not tonight." A stump caused the carriage to upset. The horses became frightened and ran away. The young man who became anxious about his soul but said, not tonight was killed.